küschall® - How it began
Rainer Küschall was born on April 17, 1947. At the age of
16, he had a swimming accident that made him a tetraplegic and spent
the next 14 years in clinics, hospitals and rehab centres for social
and employment re-integration. Without pension or invalidity assistance,
Rainer was dependant on his own ideas.
Driven by his positive attitude and his never ending yearning to
move ahead, he decided in 1978 to establish his own company (Paratec
AG) and to develop lightweight wheelchairs that would provide his
misfortunate companions and the disabled with more mobility and
independence. With help from his wife, Martina, he developed the
first wheelchairs and in the course of time, his apartment soon
turned into a workshop.
The production of wheelchairs quickly increased to dimensions that
soon required an assembly shop and mechanics. Step by step, the
küschall® wheelchairs became a synonym for mobility and
innovation, and they were distributed into various countries.
In 1986, Rainer Küschall founded the company "kuschall
of America" and in the same year, he received the Designer
award from the Museum of Modern Arts in New York for his pioneering
developments of the "Competition" wheelchair. A new era
in wheelchair production began. The self-supporting frame progressed
to become the most requested wheelchair model world-wide. Today,
many of the competitors build up their developments on the same
In 1988, today's küschall® manufacturing building in Allschwil
was inaugurated. Two years later, Rainer Küschall founded the
company "küschall of Chile", thus assuring a world-wide
sales and service structure for the many küschall customers
as well as for the various athletes sponsored by küschall.
Rainer Küschall himself competed in 7 Paralympics and won 19
medals. In 1991, he was known as the fastest Tetra (quadriplegic)
that even many paraplegic competitors feared. Shortly after having
achieved the world's best marathon time, he decided to concentrate
on his sales and supplier companies.
In October 1995, küschall design ag joined the Invacare group
and as of January 1st, 2001, the company name küschall design
ag changed to Invacare AG. Today, küschall® is one of the
leading brand names in the active wheelchair segment. With its constant
new innovations and developments, küschall® keeps setting
new standards in wheelchair development.
Thanks to the design and innovation of Rainer Küschall, many
handicapped people can now do without electric powered wheelchairs,
live their lives more independently, and, like küschall's slogan:
"Find your lifestyle!".
A few company facts
- 3000 m2 office and manufacturing space
- 12 products
- 70 associates
General Manager: Mr. Jarl M. Severn
Address: Ringstrasse 15, CH-4123 Allschwil, Switzerland
Business Classification: Manufacturing
Date of establishment: 19. August 1988
Main countries of export: World-wide
High active & active light weight manual wheelchairs:
- Fixed frames: "K"-Series, Competition,
- Folding frames: Champion, Ultra-Light, Compact, Contact-Hemi
- Paediatrics: Kid Competition (fixed frame), küschall kid